MEYRICK OUT OF LUCK AT DONINGTON Andy Meyrick came to Donington Park for rounds three and four of the UK Formula Ford Championship aiming to have an uneventful, confidence-building weekend after racing incidents at the series' opening meeting.
MEYRICK OUT OF LUCK AT DONINGTON
Andy Meyrick came to Donington Park for rounds three and four of the UK Formula Ford Championship aiming to have an uneventful, confidence-building weekend after racing incidents at the series' opening meeting. But instead he found himself sidelined just moments into both Donington races after twice being caught up in other drivers' accidents.
With the meeting affected by changeable, and often extremely wet, weather, the two rounds took place in very different conditions. Yet there was an unfortunate symmetry to Meyrick's experiences. The trouble started in the dry on Saturday.
"In race one I only did one lap, and then as I came into the first corner two guys in front of me - I think it was David Mayes and Takashi Nagase - banged wheels," Meyrick explained. "They were literally both sideways across the track in front of me and I just had a choice of which one to hit.
"I tried to just clip the car's nosecone because I thought that would do least damage to us both, but as I did that someone else hit the other car and knocked it back into me."
Sunday's wet race proved to be even shorter for Meyrick. He had already lost ground at the start due to a clutch problem, and was then forced out on the first lap.
"You were just driving blind in the conditions on Sunday," he said. "It was David Mayes again, but this time it definitely wasn't his fault. He got hit by another car and that pushed him straight into me."
Although Meyrick was absolutely innocent in both incidents, he feels that the onus is on him to qualify better and get out of trouble. He started 12th and 11th in the 28-car field after a difficult time in practice.
"I should be ahead of all this," he said. "I know accidents still happen at the front, but when you're in the middle of the pack there are more cars around you and you're more likely to get involved in an accident.
"Qualifying didn't go very well at all. I couldn't do the test on Thursday so I was a little bit rusty at first, and then when it was drier at the end and everyone did their best times, I was caught in traffic."
Meyrick was naturally despondent after his frustrating weekend, but remains confident that he has the ability to succeed once his luck changes.
"After Oulton I needed a straightforward weekend and two finishes," he said. "I've always been quick at Donington and good in the wet, so when I saw the weather forecast I thought it was a good sign and that I could get the results that I needed.
"As it happened, I purposely tried to stay out of trouble, played it safe and got taken out in someone else's accident. I just need a confident boost now - a good points finish, or a test where I'm right up there."